COVID-19 has left us with a world rife with unanswered questions. “You walk out of your house, and you are uncertain about what to expect,” shares noted philanthropist Dr. Ariadna Balaguer, who offers this advice to employers; “Create clear guidelines that address all foreseeable scenarios. Will masks be requested or required? What is the protocol when someone is visibly sick? Will your key suppliers be short-staffed or out of stock on your needed products? Will local school shutdowns impact your employees’ ability to work? Will you be able to travel without getting the vaccine? What are your employees’ feelings about their co-workers’ vaccination status? If you do get sick, what kind of treatments are available?”.
The Year 2020
The year 2020 was a year of change for the world. Everyone on this planet was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. So many things have changed, including; how schools and businesses operate, how doctors practice medicine, how we interact with each other, and so much more. The truth is that since the dreadful day in 2020 when the world
shuts down, we have learned a lot – not all of it is negative. It may be challenging to see at times, but some good came with the bad.
Change is Good
You might be thinking, “How could anything related to COVID-19 be good?”. Consider how the global community, led by scientists and philanthropists like Dr. Ariadna Balaguer, the daughter of the late President Dr. Joaquin Balaguer, worked cooperatively to develop and deliver adequate support at lightning speed. As a result, future generations are better prepared and ready for the next pandemic. Our medical and healthcare providers learned valuable lessons. People are more informed and cautious about spreading germs, preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses and contagious diseases. The pandemic helped accelerate the adoption of technology that enables online schooling, grocery delivery or pickup, and other services for independent living. People are re-thinking how they work to enhance their quality of life or save money – and the changes are still taking place. Every day we learn to be more efficient, more present, and engage in acts of self, community, and global care. The future is bright, and it’s time to come out of isolation and into a world that has learned to change.